Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises ūüėČ What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night ūüôā So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend.¬†I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks ūüôā

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday? 


Weekend Recap: sunsets, running, babies, yoga & zombies

Happy Monday! Did I ever have a fantastic weekend. It was the perfect weekend full of activity, social time, down time and being productive.

Friday Night

Friday night I went to my grandparents apartment right after work and had a quick visit with them. On my way home I picked up Indian food takeout for Eric and I — so good! We watched some Walking Dead and I just chilled on the couch for an hour or so. Then I got hit by this random burst of energy and spent over an hour cleaning the house. It was totally random but I’m glad the urge hit me because then it meant the house was clean for the rest of the weekend.


Saturday morning I rolled out of bed around 7:30 – this seems to be my natural wake-up time on the weekends – and put on a pot of coffee. I had some coffee and read my book for a bit before heading to my favourite 9am hot yoga flow class. I have not been to this class for weeks and it’s my absolute favourite. We did an amazing 75-minute flow practice and I was dripping sweat. I felt so good after.¬†Saturday afternoon I did some errands like grocery shopping and gassing up the car. It felt good to meander through the grocery store knowing I didn’t have to rush to be anywhere at a certain time. When I got home from grocery shopping I had a nice long video chat with Becky!

Later in the afternoon on Saturday Eric and I packed Chloe up in the car and hit the road. There is a hike outside of Kamloops called Battle Bluffs and I have been wanting to check it out for months! We finally made it out there on Saturday evening for a sunset hike. For any locals, the driving directions here were spot on.

This would be a beautiful hike any time of the day but at sunset it was especially stunning.

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Can you believe that within a 20-minute drive and 30-minute hike from my house I am standing somewhere as stunning as this? So so lucky I tell you.

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It was epic. Saturday night ended with homemade pesto-proscuitto-arugula pizza and oktoberfest beer. Totally earned after that hike!


Sunday was a pretty busy, go-go-go day but still great. It started with a 12km / 7.5 mile run along the River’s Trail in Kamloops. Even though this was a super flat run and we did 10 and 1’s it still felt pretty hard to me. I’m just not used to running on the road these days.¬†The fall foliage was absolutely stunning. There is nothing better than fall running! And the company was pretty good too as I went with my friend Carmine and we chatted the whole time so that made the miles fly by.

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I ripped home after the run, had a “shower” (aka sponge bath) and headed for a visit with Jen and miss baby Sydney as she was at her parents house for the weekend. So fun to have a quality catch-up session and of course get some baby cuddles in.

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I then when straight from baby cuddling to yoga! My yoga studio is offering a new yoga sculpt class on Sunday afternoons and I’ve been dying to check it out for a couple of weeks now. It was an awesome class using 2 and 3-lb weights. The room wasn’t heated but I was dripping sweat anyways. Will definitely be trying to add this class into my schedule more regularly.

I then freshened up at the yoga studio and went straight to the movie theatre to meet my mom and brother for an afternoon matinee. We saw Gone Girl and I was so impressed. I read this book quite awhile ago, maybe two years now, so the details aren’t super clear in my head but from what I can remember they did an absolute excellent job turning that book into a movie. The movie totally made sense, followed the book (from what I remember) and was actually quite funny (in a dry and dark way).

They also kept the ending true to the book which I liked. I may be the only person in the world who liked that ending in Gone Girl but I swear it just makes sense. Any other alternative would not have worked with the messed up twists and turns of that book. It was the “perfect” ending for such a crazy book in my opinion.

Walking dead

Sunday night consisted of, you guessed it, more Walking Dead! We are about halfway through season 4 right now. I heard on the radio that over 17 million people tuned in for the season five premiere a couple of weeks ago and is the #1 show on television among adults 18 – 49 right now.

Sunday night also included some meal prep (making a giant salad and baking some chicken). I have an insane work week ahead of me with work events happening Tuesday through Saturday in the evening and I’m actually out of town for work on Thursday night. So I’m hoping having healthy food prepped will help me make good choices.

How was your weekend? Do you watch The Walking Dead? 


Last Week’s Workouts

Happy Monday everyone. After a VERY emotional week I had a weekend full of everything I needed. Thai takeout, wine, yoga, running, cleaning the house, stocking up on groceries, reading, watching House of Cards (finally into it!) and even watched a couple of movies (rented 12 Years a Slave on Friday night and went to see The Husband last night at the film festival with my mom).

It was such a busy/good weekend I almost didn’t notice the missing hour (I said almost!)

Anyways, onto a recap of my workouts last week.


GPP Fitness Workout + Barre Class + 75-minute yoga class

Monday was a heavy workout day for me! I started the morning off with the following Tabata workout from GPP Fitness. I did 8 rounds of each exercise for 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest before moving onto the next move. That means the whole workout took 24 minutes! It was a good one.

  • Kettleball swings
  • Plate Switches
  • Crunches
  • Aussie Pullups
  • Dumbbell OH press
  • Burpees (I added these ones on! Just love the calorie burn they give me)

Then in the afternoon I took another practice barre class led by my coworker. This one was much higher intensity than the last one I did and I really felt it in my hips and core.

And finally after work I did my first 75-minute Ajaya session. I signed up for a 6-week arm balancing workshop through my yoga studio. Monday night we practiced crow, side crow and handstand. None of which I can do yet, but hopefully I will be able to by the end of six weeks!

Needless to say, I was SORE on Tuesday morning after all of those workouts!


Active Rest

No real workout this day but I bet I walked 5 km around Vancouver and the giant hospital while visiting my dad.


20-minute bodyweight workout + 4.25 mile / 6.8 km run

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The hotel I was staying in didn’t have any weights in the fitness centre, just a treadmill and an elliptical, so I did five rounds of Jen’s 1000 rep workout again. Seriously, I cannot even begin to express how amazing of a workout this is if you don’t have access to weights! Check it out. And it makes you sweat so much! Five rounds kills me, I hope I can work my way up to 10 rounds one day.

Then that evening I joined up with the Cambie Running Room for their hill repeats. I did 6 repeats and it ended up being almost a 7 km run all together. It was nice to get my run in while I was away!


1.2 mile run + 10 minute workout

I literally had one hour from when I arrived home from work on Thursday evening until I had to leave again. But I was determined to get a workout in! First I grabbed Chloe and did a 1.2 mile run with her, which was extremely hard because it had snowed that day and the sidewalks had not been shoveled so I was running through deep snow. Then I did two rounds of the following in 11 minutes (adapted from a GPP workout):

  • 5 burpees
  • 5 OH squats
  • 10 burpees
  • 10 barbell bicep curls
  • 5 burpees
  • 15 side lateral raises
  • 10 burpees
  • 20 v-ups

Super quick workout but it got the job done!


75-minute hot yoga moksha class + 35-minute spin class

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I started my morning off with 6 am yoga, which was amazing as always. Then at lunch I went to a spin class at the Y! After going to that spin class with my aunt a couple weeks ago I really want to add them back into my schedule since they are such a good workout so I’m going to try and go once a week at lunch!


75-minute hot yoga flow class

The most incredible yoga class I have done in a long long time. We did a super strong flow with lots of side planks. I felt amazing during and after this class. I love my 9 am Saturday morning flow class so much!!


7.5 mile / 12 km trail run (2 hours!) + squat workout + 75-minute yin yoga class

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Started the morning off with a 2-hour trail run. We didn’t cover as much distance as I would have liked in 2 hours because of the slippery trails but it did make me feel a bit more confident for my 21-km trail race in two weeks! Plus the weather was amazing. I wore capri’s for the first time.

In the afternoon I did the following squat workout from GPP Fitness. I have been wanting to do this for awhile and it only took about 10 minutes but killed my legs:

10 front squats AHAP – 45 lbs
10 assisted pistols (I did the version using a bench)

8 front squats AHAP – 45 lbs
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6 front squats AHAP – 65 lbs
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4 front squats AHAP – 65 lbs
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2 front squats AHAP – 85 lbs
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And finally I did a 75-minute yin yoga class with my mom in the afternoon. The focus of the class was HIP openers! Perfect after the day I had.


Lots of double days again. It is kind of necessary if I want to fit in yoga, running, strength training and everything else. I have something fun on deck for this week — I am trying out this new 30 minute HIT kickboxing workout on Thursday afternoon. Can’t wait to let you all know what it’s like!

How was your weekend? What did you do? See any good movies lately? And, as always, tell me about your workouts last week!